Ocean City Mansion: Friendly Ghosts Live Upstairs at this 1896 Victorian B&B
In a house that dates back to 1896, the groan of floorboards is not unusual—so long as there are guests in the house. But Ocean City Mansion innkeeper Nancy Aiken hears the squeak of footsteps overhead even when the inn is empty. "A house this old is bound to have a few ‘spirits,’" she says in an interview posted on her website. “Thankfully, these ‘friendly ghosts’ have only added to our fun."
Ocean City Mansion's homey charm is on display in its seven suites, which are equipped with king or queen beds and private bathrooms. Each room is individually decorated, but most feature crystal chandeliers and crackling fireplaces. The Richard's Quarters room has a private balcony, and the Little Cabin room comes with a two-person jacuzzi. Each morning from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., enjoy a complimentary breakfast comprised of housemade omelets, french toast, and fresh fruit.
Ocean City, New Jersey: Pristine Beaches and Small-Town Charm
Driving down Ocean City’s broad, tree-lined streets with manicured lawns and patriotic bunting feels like entering a Norman Rockwell painting. Compared to the bright lights of Atlantic City, this coastal resort town comes across as quiet and laid-back, but its boardwalk, restaurants, and art galleries still provide plenty of things to do.
With nearly 8 miles of well-kempt beachfront, it’s easy to see why Ocean City is popular in the summer. But wintertime activities are abundant as well, including fishing and crocheting wetsuits for cold-weather surfing.